Wii U: Hands-on with ZombiU, Pikmin, Project P-100, and more!
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Saving the best for last, my time with Pikmin 3 was one of the most enjoyable experiences on the showfloor. Pikmin 3 was easily the best looking and the most fun I had throughout my time at the Wii U Experience. The control set-up was fairly simple and those that had time to dabble into the Wii version of Pikmin 1 and 2 will feel right at home. The build I had time with allowed me to fight against a massive insectoid boss with a hardened armored shell. The new type of Pikmin proved very useful here: the rock Pikmin. These hardy little guys would crack the outer shell of the boss as I threw them. Unlike other Pikmin though, they don’t fly as far. As a result I would find myself a little too close to the boss at times.
Once the outer shell is broken I switched to my fire Pikmin that latch on to the soft surface of the exposed body. If I really wanted to deal damage though, I would throw some rock Pikmin in there. However, the short range of the throws prohibited me from doing so often. In order to make things a bit challenging, the boss would fiddle around making you miss your shots or trap you in its pincers to eat you. Luckily, it’s not too hard to escape from its clutches as you just need to bombard the sucker with a huge amount of Pikmin.
The demo at the showfloor didn’t have any Wii U controller capabilities other than the mini-map. It was disappointing as I really wanted to go hands-on with its unique features that were going to be implemented. Sadly, we’ll have to wait a bit longer for this.
The time I had the Wii U Experience was pretty amazing. There were a lot of games there up for show and I’m a bit sad that I didn’t have the time to check them all out. However, the games I did see and play looked great. If anything, it means that Nintendo is serious about their launch of the console. There are some truly great games to support the system! The controller at this point feels somewhat of a gimmick but the features that come with it are nicely implemented to say the least. We'll just have to wait until this Holiday Season to find out if the Wii U is everything it's cracked up to be.
Simon Chun is a freelance game journalist for GameZone! Follow his twitter @kayos90 and check out his weekly column, Nitpick